The seven-day incidence in Germany continues to rise: on Friday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported that it had risen to 17.0.

The day before, the value was 16.0.

A total of 2454 new cases were reported to the RKI by the German health authorities within 24 hours; a week ago there were 2089 cases.

The RKI also reported 30 new deaths related to a corona infection on Thursday.

This value was 34 a week ago. 

Corona infections, which probably happened while traveling, are playing an increasing role in the current infection rate in Germany, according to the RKI.

In the period from June 28 to July 25, 3,662 cases were reported in which those affected were probably exposed to the virus abroad.

The most likely countries of infection in the four weeks considered were Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands, followed by Croatia and Greece.

A particularly strong increase has been recorded for Turkey since mid-July, where the number of cases recorded per week has roughly doubled.

France, Italy, Austria and Denmark are other popular travel destinations in the top ten of the list.

The spread of corona by returning summer vacationers is to be slowed down by new rules for entering Germany.

According to a draft ordinance by the Federal Ministry of Health, non-vaccinated people in particular have to be prepared for broader testing obligations.

However, the majority of corona transmissions continue to take place within Germany, emphasizes the RKI - we are talking about at least 81 percent.

Information on the likely country of infection is by no means available in every case.

According to the report, virus variants classified as worrying are predominant in Germany and other European countries.

In Germany, the significantly more contagious delta variant is now found in around nine out of ten cases in a sample (91 percent).

The proportion had grown very quickly over the weeks.

According to the RKI, the seven-day incidence in Germany is currently increasing, especially among children, adolescents and young adults between 10 and 34 years of age.

By far the highest values ​​for the previous week were recorded for the subgroups of 15 to 19 year olds at 40 and for 20 to 24 year olds at 45.

Above all, people over 60, for whom the vaccination rate is higher than for younger people, have so far been spared the significant increase.

Since the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants is still low overall within seven days, health authorities can understand many chains of infection, the RKI notes.

According to the RKI, the decline in the number of hospital and intensive care unit cases with Covid-19 does not continue. Instead, the proportion of patients with this diagnosis in all cases with severe respiratory infections rose slightly last week. "Overall, however, the values ​​are currently at a low level."